ukase

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noun
  1. (in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
  2. any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.

Origin of ukase

1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order

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ukase

noun
  1. (in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
  2. a rare word for edict

Word Origin for ukase

C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command
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Word Origin and History for ukase
n.

1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Russian ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazati, from u-, intensive prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.

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